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C James Hardesty

February 2, 1922 ~ October 28, 2020 (age 98)



C James (Jim) Hardesty, 98, passed away October 28, 2020.  He was born on February 2, 1922, in West Palm Beach, Florida to Cloyd Hardesty and Eletha B (Mullen) Hardesty. Jim married Ralpha Gene Brown on June 19, 1948 in Salem, Michigan.  Ralpha died in Auust of 2011.   


Jim will be remembered as a loving and dedicated husband and father.  After distinguished service as a bomber pilot in the Second World War, he earned his college degree from Michigan State College (now MSU).  Jim worked as a landscape architect and contractor, and was recognized nationally for his work.  He retired in 1984. 


Jim is survived by his wife, Julia Rutty Hardesty; his sons, Ronald Cloyd and David Allison, five grandchildren and step-grandchildren, James, Claire, Joshua, Paul and Chris; eight great grandchildren; his last surviving sibling, Darrel; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by six brothers and a sister. 


Due to the pandemic, the memorial will be postponed until sometime in the spring or early summer.  Details will be posted on various family social media pages. 


Memorial contributions are suggested to Habitat for Humanity, the USO or St. Mary Catholic Church, or your own favorite charity. Please leave a message of comfort for Jim’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign his guestbook at 

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St. Mary Catholic Church
10601 Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Pinckney MI 48169
Tel: 1-734-878-3161

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